HC Deb 09 July 1947 vol 439 c225W
Sir E. Graham-Little

asked the Minister of Education how many school buildings were declared in the black list, issued by the Board of Education in 1922, to be unsuitable for use as public elementary schools; how many of these buildings remain in use as primary schools; and what steps he proposes to take to put an early end to this state of things.

Mr. Tomlinson

There was no black list in 1922. The 1925 black list comprised 2,827 school buildings of which 679 were deemed incapable of improvement. Of the latter 91 were still in use in April, 1947. Under the Education Act, 1944, local education authorities have to specify in their development plans the measures necessary to bring all school buildings up to the standard laid down in the building regulations, and by this means it is my intention to secure a progressive improvement of school accommodation generally.